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OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory (Northern Ireland)

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A view of the night sky over OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory, Northern Ireland. Photo by Ursula Mezza.

Designated

2020

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

Davagh Road
Omagh
County Tyrone
BT79 8JH
United Kingdom

Contact

Ms. Charmain Bell
Website
Tel.: +44 030 0013 2132

Land Area

15 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release

About

The first International Dark Sky Place accredited in Northern Ireland, OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory (formally known as Davagh Forest) is a 1,500-ha protected site in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains outside Cookstown, County Tyrone, managed by Forest Service Northern Ireland. Set among an untouched rural landscape of rolling hills and sweeping forests, its centerpiece is the Beaghmore Stone Circles, a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles and cairns. The Forest is crisscrossed by network of accessible walking and mountain biking trails, enabling multiple outdoor recreation uses. 2020 saw the opening of the Dark Sky Observatory and Visitor Centre at the Forest, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience some of the darkest night skies in Northern Ireland.

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